BONINO, MALKIN LIFT PENGUINS TO VICTORY
Nick Bonino (3-0-3) and Evgeni Malkin (2-1-3) each had three points to help the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Winnipeg Jets 7-4. The Penguins (41-16-8, 90 points) moved back into a tie in terms of points with the idle Columbus Blue Jackets (42-17-6, 90 points) for second place in the Metropolitan Division.
* Bonino had his second NHL hat trick and first since Feb. 2, 2013 when he had three goals and an assist against the Los Angeles Kings while playing for the Anaheim Ducks. It also marked Bonino's fourth NHL multigoal game, and first since Nov. 4, 2014 at the Colorado Avalanche while playing for the Vancouver Canucks.
* Malkin (31-39-70), who had his sixth three-point game of the season, reached the 30-goal milestone for the fifth time in his 11 NHL seasons and the first time since scoring an NHL career-high 50 goals in 2011-12.
Video: Bonino tallies second career hat trick in Pens' win
Home Team in Caps
Ottawa 5, DALLAS 2
Pittsburgh 7, WINNIPEG 4
BOSTON 6, Detroit 1
SENATORS, BRUINS KEEP PACE IN ATLANTIC DIVISION RACE
The Ottawa Senators (37-22-6, 80 points) and Boston Bruins (35-26-6, 76 points), are second and third place, respectively, each won to keep pace in the Atlantic Division race:
* Craig Anderson made 35 saves for his 146th victory in a Senators uniform (282 GP) to tie Patrick Lalime (283 GP) for the most wins by a goaltender in Senators history. Anderson improved to 8-2-0 with a 1.80 goal-against average, .944 save percentage and one shutout in his past 10 games, dating to Feb. 11.
* Brad Marchand (2-0-2) and David Krejci (2-1-3) each scored twice to lift the Bruins to a 9-3-0 record under coach Bruce Cassidy. Marchand, who reached the 70-point milestone for the first time in his career (32-38-70), leads the NHL with 22 goals and 39 points since Jan. 1 (28 GP).
Video: Ceci, Anderson power Sens to convincing 5-2 victory
DID YOU KNOW?
Penguins teammates Sidney Crosby (34-36-70) and Evgeni Malkin (31-39-70) as well as Bruins forward Brad Marchand (32-38-70), moved into a share of second place in the Art Ross Trophy race, behind the Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (22-52-74). The Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (29-41-70) also has 70 points in 2016-17.
Matt Murray made 31 saves for his 25th victory of 2016-17 to set a single-season Penguins record for wins by a rookie goaltender, surpassing the 24 wins by Gary Inness in 1974-75. … Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza (1-1-2) extended his point streak to five games (4-3-7). … Penguins defenseman Chad Ruhwedel set NHL career highs with three assists/points. … Senators defenseman Fredrik Claesson (36 GP) scored his first NHL goal, while Stars forward Remi Elie had an assist for his first NHL point (3 GP).
SNEAK PEEK AT THURSDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
NY Rangers @ Carolina, 7 p.m., FS-CR, MSG, NHL.TV
Philadelphia @ Toronto, 7:30 p.m., TVA Sports, NHLN, SNO, CSN-PH, NHL.TV
Minnesota @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., SUN, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV
Anaheim @ Chicago, 8:30 p.m., CSN-CH, KCOP-13, NHL.TV
New Jersey @ Colorado, 9 p.m., ALT, MSG+, NHL.TV
Montreal @ Calgary, 9 p.m., SNW, SNE, RDS, NHL.TV
Ottawa @ Arizona, 9 p.m., FS-A, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV
NY Islanders @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., SNP, MSG, NHL.TV
Nashville @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., SN360 SNO, FS-W, FS-TN, NHL.TV
Washington @ San Jose, 10:30 p.m., CSN-CA, CSN-DC, NHL.TV
WINNING STREAKS ON THE LINE
The three hottest teams in the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks (42-18-5, 89 points), Montreal Canadiens (38-21-8, 84 points) and Calgary Flames (36-26-4, 76 points), all look to extend winning streaks Thursday:
* Two of those streaks go head-to-head when the Canadiens put their six-game run on the line against the Flames, who have won seven straight. The Canadiens hold a four-point lead on the Senators (37-22-6, 80 points) atop the Atlantic Division. The Flames are two points behind the Ducks (34-22-10, 78 points) for third place in the Pacific Division.
* The Blackhawks, also winners of seven straight, face the Ducks at United Center. The Blackhawks are one point behind the Minnesota Wild (42-16-9, 90 points) -- who play at the Tampa Bay Lightning (30-26-9, 69 points) -- for first place in the Central Division and Western Conference.